Thursday’s Thoughts: Team Bella?

Posted: November 15, 2012 by jperritt in Uncategorized
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I haven’t read one Twilight book or seen one Twilight movie, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t heard any Twilight talk. I can remember the level of anticipation when the first movie was released in the theaters. The girls loved to talk about Edward as the epitome of what a man should be; plus, he glows!

It may just be me, but it seems that much of the hype for these films has died down. Some of the girls have grown up, others have moved on to The Hunger Games or The Fifty Shades of Grey porn novels. Whatever the reason, Part 2 of Breaking Dawn seems to be beating a dead horse. I am not saying this movie won’t be a box office success, but it doesn’t carry the weight it once did.

What seems to be consistent with this franchise, however, is the female viewer’s disdain for Bella Rose. “I hate Bella”, “Bella is so awkward”, “She’s hard to watch”, “She’s just a mouth-breather” – These are some of the comments I’ve heard about her. I’m not joking when I say that people have gotten borderline angry when they talk about her.

Why do you think this is the case? Could it be jealousy? Maybe. Many females love to argue over Team Edward or Team Jacob, and Bella has both fighting over her. Could it be because of her, apparent, bad acting? Possibly. I’ve seen Kristen Stewart act in other films and I haven’t thought she was just terrible. I think the jealousy is a closer possibility than this.

It may remain a mystery why girls just don’t seem to root for Team Bella, but one thing I do know, people love to hate. We are very quick to demonize. Whether it’s an opposing sports team or a co-worker who doesn’t share our ideologies, we are quick to hate.

Let me add another layer to this issue of Bella-hatred. The hatred doesn’t stop for the character on the screen. Girls don’t just seem to hate Bella (make-believe), they hate Kristen Stewart (real life). So much so, there was a recent article in The Huffington Post discussing Jody Foster’s defense of Stewart to the fans. People will be quick to say, Yeah, but she cheated on her boyfriend or She does immoral things – does that mean we can hate her?

I have seen this manifest itself in my own life in various ways. I may watch a movie with an actor portraying a certain villain. Later, I may see that same actor on Letterman and think, I don’t like that guy. I don’t like that guy, because he played a fake-person but I’ve carried that over to real life.

Movies can blur the lines between reality and fiction, but we, as Christians, must be careful with words like ‘hatred’. Scripture calls us to use the word hatred and to hate various things – evil, being one of those things – but we must not hate people simply because they are bad actors or do immoral things.

While many of you may never cheer for Team Bella, at least pray that God would help you to see that the second greatest commandment still applies to those people on the silver screen.


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